WVAS Local News

Jul 17, 2013

Florida's Stand Your Ground law was central in the acquittal of George Zimmerman.  The verdict has drawn criticism for many states with similar laws in place.  Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks says she does not foresee the George Zimmerman trial affecting the status of the law in Alabama.  Alabama's law was adopted in 2006, it says a person can't be the initial aggressor and then claim self-defense. 

Rate Structure

Alabama Power defended its rate structure before the state's utility regulatory board Wednesday.  Daryl Dewberry, International Vice-President of United Mine Workers of America and supporter of Alabama Power says if the energy giant can't defend itself effectively jobs will be lost.  On the other hand, Stephen Stetson with Alabama Arise says the rate structure the company uses is nearly 30 years old and may not be as effective as it once was.  The Commission is expected to make a decision in September. 

Waste Recovery

Curbside recycling is finally coming back to Montgomery, but without the orange bags or any separating of materials by residents.  Representatives of Infinitus Energy along with city  and chamber of commerce officials announced the company is building a Renewable Energy Park on Louisville Street in north Montgomery.  CEO and founder of Infinitus Energy, Kyle Mowitz says his company recycles 75 percent of the trash it receives.  Montgomery residents will still dispose of their trash the same way once the facility is up and running.  All of the recyclables will be separated at the Energy Park.  Construction on the nearly 82,000 square-foot operation is scheduled to be complete by June 2014.  The company plans to hire 110 employees. 

Deadly Crash

A Deatsville woman is dead following a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Elmore County Road 257.  42-year-old Kimberly Croft was killed when the SUV she was driving left the roadway and overturned.  Croft was not wearing a seatbelt, she was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the Elmore Community Hospital.